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Life as a job candidate in the UAE is very tough despite the availability of numerous positions. The country is a highly competitive market with not only a large pool of qualified talent from the region but also an influx of candidates from overseas. Some say searching for a new position is a full-time job in itself, but do not get discouraged.
Before starting your search, there is one fundamental question you need to answer: what do you want to do next in your career? It is important to understand what you want and set out an action plan.
Update your professional media profiles. Potential employers as well as recruitment consultants source candidates through social media and career websites. Your profile essentially acts as your CV. Ensure you keep your responsibilities, skills set, education, qualifications, experience and qualities updated whilst trying to stand out from your competition. Find out an effective way to write a profile description that will convince hiring managers to invite you for an interview.
Be open to positions outside of your initial expectations and consider the responsibilities of a role as opposed to the title. Many reject interview offers if these do not meet their title or responsibility expectations. Be open to attending interviews to get more information as there is no harm in meeting and professionally withdrawing from a process if it is not a good fit. A good recruitment consultant will advise you on which vacancies to target so as not to waste your time.
Finding a new position is challenging and you will receive rejections. However, do not let this deter you. Use feedback constructively to learn and move forward because the right opportunity for you is just around the corner.
• Identify what you want next in your career; set an action plan
• Be open to other roles that are outside your initial expectations
• Explore a range of places in the market to land a new career
Get clear reasons why not to oversell your credentials
Source: Nicholas Ford, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Financial Services Recruitment Consultant, Cobalt Recruitment